My regular readers know that I made a conscious choice to take it easy this past summer and focus more on my photography than on the website.
My wife and I took 2 vacations, one to visit her cousin in North Carolina, where I took a bunch of photos and videos, and a trip to Las Vegas in August.
Towards the end of August, I decided to start a new experiment with the intention to manifest something big that I could use as an example of how my methods work. Since money is always a hot topic, I decided that manifesting a much higher level of financial abundance would yield the most interesting results.
Now, 2 months later, I have to admit that I haven't been as consistent with my efforts on this as I probably should have been. While I started out devoting 3 sessions a day to the project, spending about an hour each day between them, there were days when I only gave it 1 or 2 sessions, and I'm sure there were days I didn't stop at all to refocus my mind on the end goal.
With this being said, and knowing that my results were certainly delayed because of this, I do have positive results to report. I'm not done yet, however, and there will most definitely be much bigger results on the way.
In mid-September, I had already been contracted to record video of a conference of speakers held by the Coptic Fellowship here in the Grand Rapids area. Despite many equipment issues (mostly due to the venue's sound system not performing as it should), the event was a success. It was also a learning experience, and one that showed me that I may want to invest in a certain amount of audio equipment so I can provide a more full-service package for my photography clients.
On the subject of equipment, it's getting time to get another camera. The Nikon D800 I bought 4 years ago has been perfect for still photography, but not the best for video. The Sony AX100 I purchased last year has been good for most things, but isn't really a professional video camera, and I'm already running into its limitations. Earlier this year, I bought a Yi 4K action cam, and it has more than earned it's place, but again, it won't replace a professional camera.
Now, here is where we get into some of the thinking that goes on behind a manifestation project. Do I consider my current financial position when selecting the next camera upgrade, or do I approach this from the standpoint of greater financial abundance?
One of the things I've been teaching this past year has been to go within and ask the deeper mind within for answers. So, that's exactly what I did.
The answer I got back was interesting. Consider both positions. In this case, it makes a lot of sense.
When the manifestation happens, I plan to equip myself with several different professional-level cameras. Rather than get 3 (or 5, or 10) of the same camera, I'd get a few different types for different siuations.
In the next few months, Panasonic is releasing a new camera that perfectly fits what I want as my main camera, called the EVA1. To get the camera with needed accessories, it's about a $10,000 investment. (To put this into perspective, there are cameras in the $50,000 range and above, so it's not the top-level camera in the world.) However, even with all the money in the world, I would still want other cameras, including one that I could set on the side of an event and let it run itself while I'm working with one of the better cameras.
The camera I would use in that capacity would be one step down from the EVA1, which at this time would be the Panasonic DVX200, which is a $3500 camera. Being made by the same manufacturer is a big plus, as the images would be a close match. While they have recently released the GH5, which is newer than the DVX200, and something I might get as a 3rd camera after I manifest greater financial abundance, it's not something I want to get before then.
Coming at this from the position of my current financial position, the DVX200 would still be a good purchase, as it is a significant upgrade from my current video camera, with features the newer GH5 doesn't have. While the EVA1 will be a fantastic camera, current finances don't support buying it at this time.
So, looking at this purchase decision from both standpoints leads me to consider the same camera, proving that the information I got from my deeper mind was perfect for the situation.
This is why I suggest to everyone that whenever you have an important decision to make, take some time to relax, go within, and ask your deeper mind for advice. And above all, trust the information you get.
Now, there was an extra twist here that makes this even more interesting.
Around the same time as this, I received a large gift, enough that I COULD purchase the new EVA1 camera if I wanted to, with plenty left over. This led me to rethink the answer I got from my deeper mind, but after careful consideration, I realized getting the DVX200 was still the best way to go for now.
Throughout all this, I continued to periodically set time aside to relax into myself, imagine the end result I want to manifest, and trusting the process will manifest the desired objective. I was also paying close attention to exactly what I was doing, how I felt during the process, and jotting down notes to share with my subscribers. As I've said many times, I fully believe that the more good stuff we give out, the more good stuff we get. Karma works.
Along that line, I'm doing several things that have the potential to produce the intended outcome.
First of all, I have selected a series of numbers to play in the PowerBall lottery, and have decided to stick with the same numbers until they hit. Even with the extra option, which doubles non-jackpot winnings, it's only $6 a week, so it's an easy investment, and leaves time to do other things. I've already won a small amount of money, and still working on getting the jackpot.
If that doesn't pan out, something else will.
Another thing that has come out of my meditations is the idea that I could manifest much greater financial abundance by maximizing my effectiveness at helping others master their own ability to manifest their dreams. Not only does this fit with what I know about karma, it's also a sound business philosophy. The more value I provide, and the more people I can help, the more money I can collect.
The first thought I had regarding the gift I received was that I could use part of it to do more marketing to grow my business. Again, the core idea is: help more people => collect more money.
On another line, while the materials I've written and created these past 14 years have been some of the best available in this field, I still get frustrated whenever I hear someone say they appreciate the materials, and some day they'll actually start to use them.
What makes it frustrating is that I've spent TONS of time figuring out how I could make the training process easier and easier, to the point now that the only thing a person needs to do is listen to a series of recordings. Once your deeper mind is trained to respond to your conscious will, the only thing left is to decide what you want, and then set aside time to focus on it from time to time.
It just doesn't get any easier than that!
So, I've come face to face with the idea that making the process easier isn't enough.
I need to find a better way to motivate folks to actually USE the materials I create for them. Either that, or find a way to remove the time investment completely. Actually, there IS a way to do that. It's just a pathway I've chosen not to go down. If you remember Dumbo and his feather, you'll understand what I mean.
Actually, in all seriousness, there is a way to minimize the time investment, which is to wrap the training process into the manifestation process itself, and cut it down to something that can be done in one-minute sessions. It's something I talked about in the Awaken the Avatar Within course (aka - Keys To Power - Step by Step, 2nd edition).
Starting in September, I also started to read from my William Walker Atkinson book, Mind Power. It's been more than 100 years since that book was written, but it has a lot to offer, even today. Amazon.com has several Kindle ebooks where 30 or more of his books have been compiled into one. Here's a link to the most complete of the bunch, containing 58 books for only 99 cents.
The core of his teaching is that in order to manifest what you want, you must desire it wholeheartedly, and be firmly resolute in your decision to have it. Of course, you must also believe you can manifest it. Desire is an aspect I haven't talked much about, mainly because there is a danger in desiring something while also believing that it's out of your reach.
Atkinson offers several recommendations for training your ability to manifest, including imagining yourself as the center of a universal ocean of Power, and focusing on the idea of being more powerful than any other person you encounter. His suggestion to practice staring down the person in the mirror does go a long way towards developing the mental strength to take charge when needed.
To wrap this up, I have to say that the last few months have been quite exciting, and I see many wonderful things coming. Things that will benefit all of us together in many ways.
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July was a fun month for me. Right after celebrating Independence Day with my wife's family, we left for a week-long vacation to visit her cousin, who lives in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. While we were there, we had the opportunity to see many of the wondrous natural landmarks and waterfalls, and of course, I took lots of photos and video. The video could be used for video meditations somewhere down the road.
I also had the opportunity to get a good audio recording of an hour-long thunderstorm, which can make a good meditation background for some folks. The great thing about being in the mountains is that you don't get a lot of traffic noise in audio recordings.
I came back from this trip with a list of additional meditation recordings I want to create and add to the Symbolic Solutions 2.0 package.
Soon after coming back from our trip, I had a wonderful portrait session with a young up-and-coming dancer. Lots of great images from just an hour of shooting.
Near the end of the month, for National Dance Day on the 29th, I was hired by a local dance studio to record video throughout the day as they gave out free dance lessons all day, followed by a free dance party.
And lastly, I finally started processing the 15 hours of video I shot while in Egypt last November.
August will also be busy, with another trip to visit my mom and take her to Las Vegas to see Cher perform, which has been a dream of hers for many years. Luckily, my wife, Linda, also wants to see Vegas, so this will be a good time for everyone. We'll just have to see how much I can get done around all these fun experiences.
Here it is the 6th of June already, and I realize I never posted any news from May.
Since last posting, I've written an email series to go with the new Symbolic Solutions 2.0 package to support those using the system. Just a few notes about 3 times per week to point out some of the hidden features and benefits of the material, with a little encouragement mixed in.
And then there was the workshop on May 13th, which did get recorded and is in the members' area for those who have purchased the Symbolic Solutions 2.0 package. As with most live events, it wasn't perfect, but we did cover enough material for it to be worthwhile. One of the interesting developments was that during the last segment, I had an opportunity to do 10-minute 1-on-1 sessions for 3 folks, giving a great demonstration of what's possible using this process.
I think I'm ready to accept the fact that if I'm going to get "perfect" educational videos (or at least as perfect as I can produce), I'm going to have to produce them in a studio environment.
May was also busy with photography jobs, including a few videos. I expect this month to also be busy with photography jobs. Between that and 2 vacations planned in July and August, there probably won't be many changes to the website this summer.
On the horizon, my wife and I are considering another trip to Egypt next year. This one is being organized by a friend we met on our last trip, and from what she tells us, there will be a lot more time for meditating at the various temples, making it a much more spiritual experience. Anyone interested can contact me, and I'll put you in touch with the trip organizer.
As I write this on the 19th, this has been an exciting month! After running the discount sale in January and February, and making sure everyone on my mailing list knew that the new Symbolic Solutions 2.0 package was coming, what it would be like, how much it would cost, and that they could get it as a free upgrade by buying a pre-existing package at a lower amount, I didn't expect many to buy the new Symbolic Solutions 2.0 package when I officially announced it this month.
WOW! Was I ever wrong!
We've had a flood of new orders coming in. Luckily, I've been able to keep up with support requests and general questions about the materials, how to use them, and how long before they should start seeing results. This has come at the perfect time, as I'm also putting together an information packet to support the core recordings.
I've also scheduled a live 4-hour workshop in my local area (Grand Rapids, MI) for May 13th. Since I'm using the workshop to create videos to add to the package, I'll be presenting it on a love-offering basis, meaning that those attending can pay any amount they feel it deserves, at the end of the workshop. Anyone interested in attending can contact me with the email address listed at the bottom of the page, and I'll send you all the details.
Symbolic Solutions 2.0 core sessions have all been recorded and uploaded to the members' area, and a basic product description page has been added to the website (at http://PowerKeysPub.com/symbolic-solutions/).
Members who had previously purchased the all-inclusive Avatar Power System package, the Awaken the Avatar Within package, or who got in on the original Symbolic Solutions Founders Club have all been given access to the new material, and are currently in beta-testing.
Early reports are as expected, with phenomenal results even after a few listenings.
The system is all set up to handle sales of the new package, at $97. Just saw someone selling a single hypnosis session for $99 (although there WERE 2 "bonus" sessions included), so I'm pretty comfortable with the pricing.
Lots of details still left to handle. So very exciting!
One of the details still to come will be an educational video explaining the principles behind the new system. Should have this done next month.
Still working on developing the new package, and have decided to simply call it "Symbolic Solutions 2.0".
Since last month, the plan for the new package has changed a bit. First, I'm focusing on producing the main recordings first, then I'll add the information component later. Since the Awaken the Avatar Within and Symbolic Solutions packages have worked well for those using them even without an information component, the information component obviously isn't a requirement.
Further, as I wrote the scripts for these recordings, I found ways to expand what they could do for the listener. So the module list currently looks like:
I'm currently looking at pricing the new package at $197 because of what it can do for the listener. I'll also add a collection of guided meditations and BWE recordings to supplement and expand the package usefulness. And then there's the information component that will be added later, which will be made available to everyone who gets the package.
At this time, I'm still working on creating the recordings and writing a webpage to describe the package.
I'm expecting to release the new package around the first week of March.
I've decided to extend the 50% discount offer through January as I prepare the new package. To get the discount, just enter the coupon code "Farewell2016" (without the quotes).
Since getting the message from my deeper mind last month to further simplify my online business to "1 package at 1 price", I've considered how I can do this and best meet the needs of those I serve.
While it would be very easy to simply put everything I currently offer into a single package (which I did with the $795 Platinum Membership, and considered offering as the "1 package"), I feel the sheer volume of material would be confusing to many folks, even if I dropped the price to something everyone could afford.
So I've planned out a simple system that should produce fast results for the vast majority of folks, with enough information so the average person can customize the process to their exact needs. It's based on the Symbolic Solutions package, with both workshop videos and pre-recorded audio tools. I'll update the videos, which is something I've been planning to do anyway, although now I'll make sure they are as complete as possible.
At this time, I'm looking at creating 7 modules.
Each module will have an informative video and/or manual, an audio CD containing one or more Symbolic Solutions guided meditations, and an assignment to help the student master the material.
I'm debating whether to include a coaching component to the package. It will help a number of folks get better results, but it will increase the package price for everyone. Maybe I'll fudge the "1 package at 1 price" concept and offer coaching as an optional add-on.
Pricing will depend on whether coaching is included or not, and should fall in the $97 to $495 range.
All packages are 50% off until the end of the year with coupon code "Farewell2016" (without the quotes).
Over the last couple of years, I've been feeling the need to simplify my life in many ways. While I enjoy the time I spend online helping folks all over the world, I also enjoy being a photographer. And this year, I've branched out into video as well.
In my recent meditations, I've seen a way that I can simplify what I do online even more, and there seem to be some rather impressive benefits to doing so.
I think the idea started when I started to update some of the product description pages and found that I was repeating the same ideas when describing the benefits and principles behind the various packages. On some level, I already knew that the different packages were based on the same principles, but now it became even clearer.
My deeper mind brought it to my attention when I asked how I can better serve my audience while also having time to do my photography. A single thought came through, which said simply, "1 package. 1 price."
This isn't a new idea. Lots of businesses work with this principle, especially in the photography world. The idea is that you offer the best you have for a price that's fair to everyone, and focus all of your marketing on finding those people who can best benefit from the one package you offer.
Since the marketing of what I do online takes the majority of my time, simplifying this means that I'll have more time to create new books and recordings.
The best package I currently have is the Avatar Power System package, which includes everything I've produced, as this gives the most choices, and works to produce results through multiple methodologies.
As far as pricing, the Avatar Power System is currently priced at $795. If I add together the individual prices for everything included, the total comes to well over $1500 in value. Yet, I know that the vast majority of my audience would have difficulty investing that much in their personal development. And, believe it or not, the money isn't the main reason I do this. I really don't care how much I sell the package for as long as it works for both myself and my members.
To cut this long story short(er), what I've decided to do is to create a new package that serves to help anyone develop the ability to tap their deeper mind for answers and help manifesting their desires. Since this is the bottom line behind all my other products, I'm comfortable making this the primary focus of my online business. Once created, this one package will replace all others currently being sold from the website.
In the end, I think this will allow me to help many more people on a higher level, and give me the time I need to do everything I want to do in my own life.
On November 20th, I came back from a 2-week trip to Egypt. My experiences there have reinforced some of the ideas I have had regarding the Symbolic Solutions guided meditations. Specifically, I feel guided to ramp up the number of suggestions and symbols used in the meditations to help the listener make more significant changes even more quickly. At the moment, I'm working on developing a plan to create new recordings to be released in January, with many more recordings to be produced throughout 2017.
For anyone thinking about visiting Egypt, and especially the ancient spiritual sites, I highly recommend Guardian Travel as your tour guides. Guardian Travel went out of their way to make sure our group had a great time, taking care of every detail from the time we left the US to the time we returned. Our guide was knowledgeable, personable, and had a great sense of humor. Worth every penny!
This month, I updated my computer system, and will now have a much easier time creating audio/video content. This upgrade was primarily motivated by the need to process 4K video of live presentations into a 1080 format for online publication. The new computer is an HP z620 dual-Xeon (16 cores!) machine with 64GB of RAM. A true powerhouse of a computer!
I also spent some time researching video editing software, and found that Davinci Resolve has come a long way since I last looked at it, and is now a full-fledged video editing system. It still has some major limitations with audio, although there are rumors that this will be addressed in one of the next couple of updates. Even as it is, it's a LOT better than what I had been using (Sony Movie Studio) and what makes it even better is that it's FREE!
For the time being, I'm testing out the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) called Reaper, and am finding it a joy to work with. A full commercial license is only $225, which is quite inexpensive for what it is. For reference, a personal license (also good for small businesses that make less than $20k/year from audio sales) is just $60. They offer a free 60-day trial. All versions have the exact same feature-set, which is fairly extensive.
As a comparison, I spent $600 a few years ago for the software I use to create BWE (BrainWave Entrainment) audios, and that's paid for itself many times over.
My first project with the new DAW was to re-edit the newest Symbolic Solution guided meditation (Self-Confidence), and I'm very happy with the results. A new ZIP file has been uploaded to the members' area (Oct. 27th), and also includes several new backgrounds (12 in total, plus a version with no background). Two of the new backgrounds are ambience recordings I made of a gently-rolling thunderstorm and a field of crickets. Officially, my new favorite meditation backgrounds.
The first half of November will be taken up with my trip to Egypt, so I won't be able to create new meditations or re-process the other previous ones until after I get back.
Also this month, I spent several weeks helping a friend prepare a book for publication.